Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,
The Northern Utah Puppetry Guild would like to issue a challenge to ALL puppet guild members and other persons, families, or groups who would like to try your hand at puppetry to put together a skit or show using “Wanna-be” puppets of your choice. “Wanna-bes” can be used as hand puppets, wide mouth (Muppet style) puppets, rod puppets, strung as marionettes, or made into ventriloquist partners. The possibilities are boundless.
Since this is the season of “yard sales” (and consequently bounteous donations to your local DIs and other thrift stores), it is the perfect time to go in search of “Wanna-be” puppet candidates. We would like to challenge each member/group/family to put together a “Wanna-Be Puppet Show or Skit” to be performed at the August 13th Puppets-in-the-Park event held in Brigham City. Each show should be between 5 and 15 minutes in length and showcase your “Wanna-be” puppet cast. The theme is “Once Upon. . .”
Start with a story you want to tell or just peruse your local garage sales, DIs, other second-hand thrift stores (or your kids toy boxes) until an idea opens up your creative instincts, the idea is formed, and then go to work to make it happen.
This is a great opportunity and relatively inexpensive way to put together and try out a new show or make over an old one to make sure it is going to work before you invest tons of time making special puppets—It will also give you a new show in your repertoire you can pack in a bag or tote and have ready to pull out and perform as needed.
The gantlet has been thrown down!! Hope you will take the challenge and join in the fun outcome. August 13 sounds like a long way off, but trust me it will be here before you can say it backwards.
Please respond to me (Carla) if you plan to take the challenge so I can coordinate shows/skits. That way we won’t have three shows of say, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
P. S. Save your stuffing (not the nasty foam pellets) as you pull it out and we will get together in September to try our hand at “nylon stocking soft sculptured face” puppets. The fun just keeps going on.